By Frederick Lowe
Calvin Munerlyn, a 43-year-old black security guard and the married father of four, was working at the Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan, on May 5th, when he told Brya Shatonia Bishop she was required to wear a protective mask before entering the store because of the retailer’s own regulations and an order by Michigan’s governor.
Bishop was shopping with her mother Sharmel Teague, 45,who was wearing a mask and could enter the building.
Teague erupted in anger at the explanation and spat at Munerlyn before leaving the store in a rage.
Teague stormed home and told her husband Larry Teague, 44, and her stepson, Ramonyea Travon Bishop, 25, what had happened, which riled them up.
The two men went to the store where they got into a heated argument with Munerlyn for supposedly disrespecting Sharmel Teague. “Disrespecting me” is a phrase repeated on the popular television program “Growing Up Hip Hop.” The phrase usually causes an argument and a near fistfight.
Bishop allegedly pulled a gun and shot Munerlyn in the head, killing him, according to the Genesee County, Michigan, District Attorney’s Office.
“From all indications, Mr. Munerlyn was simply doing his job in upholding the governor’s executive order related to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.
Police arrested Ramonyea Bishop and Larry Teague Jr. , 44, charging them both with first degree murder. Sharmel Teague, who set this tragedy in motion, also has been charged with first degree murder.
So, a simple request turned into a murder. If convicted, three people will call prison home for a very long time and perhaps die there for a crime and their own stupidity.
And Munerlyn’s children will be without a father forever. He was recently named father of the year at his children’s school.